8 10
2017 74min

Boxing For Freedom

  • Pashto
  • English, Spanish

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The young Sadaf Rahimi is the best female boxer in Afghanistan, but she must deal with her country's traditions, fear and her own fate in order to be a free woman. Her struggle will turn her into an example for many Afghan young women.

AWARDS: Children’s Jury Best Feature Film for Ages 12+. Children’s Film Festival Seattle 2017 / Silver Biznaga Affirming women’s rights Section. Festival de Málaga Cine Español / Best Spanish Documentary. Zaragoza Film Festival / Best Feature Film Festival Internacional de Cine Documental Extremadoc 2015
OFFICIAL SELECTION: Festival Internacional de Cine Documental de Uruguay Atlantidoc / Terre des Femmes Film Festival / Tampere Human Rights Film Festival / Festival Internacional de Cine y Derechos Humanos de Valencia / Festival de Cine de Zaragoza / Festival Internacional de Cine Documental Extremadoc / The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) Film Festival / Festival Alcine / Festival Internacional de Documental Miradasdoc / Muestra de Cine Europeo de Segovia / Muestra de Cine realizado por mujeres de Zaragoza / Muestra de Cinebaix / Women Make Waves Film Festival Taiwan / Festival Cine Invisible / China Women’s Film Festival / Festival de cine español de Toulouse (CINESPAÑA) / Festival Rizoma / Human Rights Human Dignity International Film Festival / Festival Internacional de Cine de Derechos Humanos de Buenos Aires / Muestra Internacional de Cine y Mujeres de Pamplona / Festival Internacional de Documentales de Madrid. Documentamadrid / Festival de Málaga Cine Español / Festival Silk Road

 

Boxing for freedom, the fight outside the ring in Afghanistan

After living as refugees in Iran, two Afghan sisters, Sadaf and Shabnam Rahimi, decided to challenge the patriarchal tradition of their country and become outstanding female boxers.

For Sadaf, the older sister, success has come through her participation in the Olympics and dozens of championships around the world, where she has represented her country with honors. But keeping their chin high for his passion is not an easy task when the entire neighborhood and their own family question their profession.

Directed by the Spaniards Juan Antonio Moreno and Silvia Venegas, Boxing for freedom brings us closer to the experiences of these two sisters, who find in the film camera a reliable confidante of their deepest yearnings, fears and smiles.

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